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Cisco Start-up Hub: Tom Talks To… Rob Moffat, Balderton Capital

February 12, 2016

In the last three months of 2015, venture capital firms invested $1.3bn in UK companies, capping off a record-breaking year. In total, UK start-ups received $4.75bn in venture capital funding last year from 400 deals, according to the latest report published KPMG and CB Insights.

That’s a staggering amount of investment, but is there a danger of us seeing another burst in the tech-start up scene, akin to the dotcom bubble?

The big funding rounds are the ones that draw all the attention and get used as a barometer of success around the UK start-up scene, but what about companies looking for smaller seed funding rounds?

I got together with Rob Moffat, Partner at Balderton Capital, to answer these questions and get his views on what is happening in the venture capital world.

Some of the topics we discussed include:

  • The recent increase in venture capital funding and whether it is sustainable going forward
  • Obsession with start-ups becoming Unicorns in the US and how this is affecting investments in the UK and Europe
  • The kind of demands start-ups should expect from investors at series A
  • Whether London-based technology companies are still leading the way in attracting VC investment
  • Tech orientated start-ups from the UK start seeking their fortune in the US
  • Tips for start-ups going after their first series A round from a VC perspective

Last month, I sat down Emily Spaven, the new editor of Tech City News. It was fascinating to hear her top technology predictions for start-ups in 2016. If you missed that interview, don’t worry you can still catch it here.

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